I was playing 'The Sims' the other day. It seems 3 or 4 times each year I get the urge to design a house, furnish it, and tell its resident when to wash the dishes. In any case, two nights ago I built a house for my real life girlfriend and got her a job as a political campaign writer. Unfortunately, she ended up so tired that she fell asleep in the road after exiting her carpool, but the whole ordeal got me to thinking about being part of a political campaign. I'm especially interested in debates and answering questions in ways that both represent one's true positions and appeal to the general audience. So I'm going to try my hand at writing campaign answers for Ron Paul (my favorite candidate). I think Dr. Paul does a great job of answering questions, but I also think I could answer them in a slightly different manner that would help his overall campaign. So here's Q/A #1...
As President, would you lead us out of Iraq?
Absolutely. I would begin bringing troops home on my very first day in office. Of the top candidates, I'm the only one that actually voted against this war. And while some of my friends have since changed their mind on the matter and joined me in this purpose, they have done so with very different motivations. You see, my position on Iraq is not motivated by partisanship or politics. It's motivated by philosophy. I am the only candidate with the foreign policy of our founding fathers: Non-interventionism.
The establishment in Washington has taken us so far from our roots, that most people are only vaguely family with the nature of non-interventionist policy. It is NOT pacifism. It simply goes to war only when defense is necessary. It is NOT isolationism. It encourages free trade and friendship between the nations. It's a philosophy that calls us to stop policing the world and to make our own business our top priority. We should not have troops in 130 countries around the world. We would be much better served to have them home defending our physical borders. We would be much better served putting those billions of dollars back into the hands of the American citizens. We would be much better served by avoiding the 'blow back' that results in our constant presence overseas. Non-interventionism is a superior philosophy in terms of our security and our economy. And I'm the only candidate giving voice to our philosophical heritage.